Birds around the yard

by John Briggs on March 30, 2008

in Blog, Weekend Birding

Not much [tag]birding[/tag] was done during the last week and a half. We learned that Sharon’s mother was in grave condition in a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. We immediately left for Erie and arrived on March 19th. After a battle with a bad heart, diabetes and other health problems, she passed away peacefully on March 21st. We returned home on the 26th.

This post is dedicated in memory of Phyllis Sulzycki.

This weekend, we observed and photographed [tag]birds[/tag] that visited our yard here in Bath, [tag]Maine[/tag]. The high point was the close flybys of a 2nd Year Bald Eagle, 3rd Year Bald Eagle and an Adult [tag]Bald Eagle[/tag] today. Ducks and Geese fleeing from the river was the only warning that these Eagles were around.

An influx of Fox and Song Sparrows arrived this weekend.  Singing from the bushes and scratching around under the feeders, I estimated 25 Sparrows. Quite a few American Robins also stopped by, with a vigorous flock of approx. 50 taking a few minutes to look for food on the small patches of yard not covered by snow. I could not believe my eyes as I watched a Robin pull a worm from the ground. I figured with the ground still frozen solid, worms would not be anywhere near the surface, but I was proved wrong.

Sharon and I got good looks at a Northern Shrike, Ring-Necked Duck, Red-Tailed Hawk and a Great Blue Heron today. Other birds visiting the feeders were Nuthatches, Titmice, Gold Finches, Chickadees, Brown Creepers, Blue Jays, Cardinals and that dastardly squirrel.

Last night, White-Tailed Deer came through our yard, flipped the large covered platform feeder and ate every bit of seed. They also knocked around one of our hanging feeders and helped themselves to what fell to the ground.

The Kennebec River continues to be a hot spot for hundreds of Ducks and Geese. American Wigeons, Pintails, Mallards, Black Ducks, Green-Winged Teals, Canada Geese and Ring-Necked Ducks are present every day. It is comical to watch them waddle on the mud flats during low tide.

The following are [tag]photos[/tag] of birds viewed in and from our yard. Comments and criticisms are always welcomed!

Black-Capped Chickadee - Bath, Maine. Blue Jay - Bath, Maine. Blue Jay - Bath, Maine.
Brown Creeper - Bath, Maine. Brown Creeper - Bath, Maine. Canada Geese - Bath, Maine.
Canada Geese - Bath, Maine. Geese and Ducks - Kennebec River - Bath, Maine. Mourning Dove - Bath, Maine.
Northern Shrike - Bath, Maine. Northern Shrike - Bath, Maine. Northern Shrike - Bath, Maine.
Ring-Necked Duck - Bath, Maine. Ring-Necked Duck - Bath, Maine. Ring-Necked Duck - Bath, Maine.
Ring-Necked Duck Flight - Bath, Maine. Song Sparrow - Bath, Maine. Squirrel - Bath, Maine.
Tufted Titmouse - Bath, Maine. Tufted Titmouse - Bath, Maine. White-Breasted Nuthatch - Bath, Maine.
White-Breasted Nuthatch - Bath, Maine.

Happy birding!

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